On Thursday, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects involved in a vehicle burglary ring that spanned through multiple communities in northern Arizona.
On Nov. 20, three separate burglaries were reported in the Timberline neighborhood, north of Flagstaff. Several firearms and personal banking credit cards were taken during the burglaries. Afterwards, the credit cards were used at local businesses. Detectives tracked the credit card use and developed potential suspects, according to a Friday press release from the sheriff's office.
On Thursday at 3:30 a.m., officers with the Sedona Police Department responded to a burglary report at Thai Palace in uptown Sedona. Three suspects were observed by officers and fled on foot from the scene. The suspects left a vehicle behind, and Sedona police were able to get a search warrant and investigate it. During this search, information was obtained identifying the suspects as those involved in the Timberline burglaries that took place Nov. 20.
At 3:30 p.m., detectives with the CCSO located the suspects in their Flagstaff homes and served a search warrant at one of their residences in the Fox Glenn neighborhood. Stolen property was located at the suspect's residences and has been recovered. The stolen property included two handguns, two rifles, two stolen vehicles and electronic equipment.
Additional items were obtained which link the suspects to previous burglaries within the city of Flagstaff.
Arrested for their involvement with the Nov. 20 and Nov. 29 burglaries were Kaiden Cox, Jonathan Hernandez and Hipolito Zavala Molina, all 18 years old. The suspects were all charged with first-degree burglary, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. Additionally, Cox was charged with theft of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia; Molina was charged with theft of a credit card and Hernandez was charged with forgery.
Cox, Hernandez and Molina are in custody at the Coconino County Jail on $25,000 bonds.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office, Sedona Police Department and Flagstaff Police Department are following up on addition leads and information that has been obtained during the investigation which could result in more charges.